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So, the Flickr app that is supposed to auto upload for me isn’t doign that and isn’t even uploading on demand, and so I’m left trying to be bothered to plug my phone into the computer to get the photos off it from the past two weeks. Things like this that came from Instagram:

$110/bottle? No worries

oh yeah, because when i go wine tasting, I go hard. And then go home with a couple hundred dollars worth of leftovers. You know what? The 2014 Hunter Shiraz(es) are all amazing and you simply MUST try one. Or 5.

I’ve also been being a good girl and applying for jobs. Real jobs, like ones I might want. Like at Dan Murphy’s or as a speechie or disability support officer. You know, things I’ll actually put time into applying for.


I also finished liptember with a bang, and raise $382 :) Not too late to donate! :p

Hmm what else?


I helped out at an event for Amnesty Newcastle. An art exhibit. Then we went for drinks and dinner at MoneyPenny at Honeysuckle, and these prawn rolls were delish and certainly hit the spot that hadn’t been filled by homous and rice crackers all night.


I had a disappointing experience with a food dehydrator :(



I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT EAT DRINK BLOG in two weeks time in Canberra.

Will I see you there??



It’s always good to catch up with bloggers, and I had the privilledge of orgranising a get-together with the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers last week, with Nuffnang spotting the cash for us to gorge on the best dumplings in Newcastle.

Pork Dumplings

The gorgeous people below made it along:
Kell from All Mum Said (that girl has some great giveaways!)
Lisa, formerly of “Madame Bipolar” and “Sawhole” fame &
Marissa who is Beautifully Organised!

John, Tammy, Kirsty, Bron and Denyse all had planned to be there, but with all the sickness going around (and a few injuries!) they couldn’t be there on the day :(

(next time guys!)

Duck Salad

The staff were incredibly patient with us waiting to see whether the stragglers would come or not, but then we got into the business of discussing life, blogging, and dumplings!

Chicken Dumplings

Pork and Chive dumplings

These pork and chive dumplings were everyone’s favourite!

Prawn Dumplings

I’m planning a couple more events this year – One a coffee meetup in October and a Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Party at the start of December! Join the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers FB group to stay up to date (we accept coasties too! :p)

Thanks again to Nuffnang for supporting this meet-up!

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont Street
Hamilton NSW
Ph: 02 4961 6350

Their current menu is here :)

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**Warning – Food porn ahead!**

There’s a new Indian restaurant in the next suburb, and my boyfriend decided to spoil me with a meal there last night – The Grand Pavilion, known for their authentic and delicious Indian and Indo-chinese meals on the Central Coast, has just opened a location in Warners Bay.

I suppose I start from the start!

Pappadams  and raita

It took us forever to order – because there are so many options on the menu…. Old favourites and new (to us) twists and variations. All sounding delicious. We didn’t order it, but the $35.90 per head banquet for 2 or more is AMAZING value for entrees, mains (which are all Gluten free btw), sides and desserts. Next time, Gadget, next time.

So we settled on our order, and were presented with complementary poppadoms, along with a mild and spicy mint sauce (raita would be what I called the milk youghurt one) while Bruce went back to the car for our bottle of $7 Aldi Shiraz (amazingly smooth btw) because they are BYO only ($3/head). There is the usual Coke brand and Lassi selection for drinks.

one road shiraz aldi

And then it was onto the entree – The Veg Grilled Platter for 2 – $18.50

the grand pavilion entree veg grilled platter

This impressive creation came out on a sizzling plate, with veges adorning and enhancing it (it you have room – eat the sizzled up capsicum and other veges. Wow!)

Onion Bhaji and tandoori mushroon

First we had the Onion Bhaji and Tandoori Mushroom, which both had a little kick as far as I was concerned! Great texture on the Bhaji, and the mushroom was a different twist for me, with sooo many flavours!

vegetarian seekj kebab  paneer tikka

Next, because they were under the other two, were the Vegetarian Seekh Kebab (the vege sausage thingy) and the Paneer Tikka. Wow, I loved the two of them – the paneer had a nice marinade and was cooked to perfection, and the Kebab was so full or herbs and flavours I nearly fainted with joy.

(and then, we rested, while our mains were prepared)

We chose two meals from the Chef’s special mains, and we were blown away. Both we “mild” heat wise, but the combination of spices and cooking style was enough to have me eating way more than I should.

The Grand Pavilion - Masala Lamb Shanks

The Lamb Shank Masala is, according to the menu – “Lamb shanks cooked int Indian style with special spices until the meat in tender and falling off the bone”. Wow. These were amazing. The meat inside was purple and so soft and melty! I half-heard the owner/chef explain to the table beside me the process they go through cooking these, and yes, worth every cent! – $23.90

masala lamb shank indian danger mouse

(not the classiest way, but omg they were delicious!!!)

Mughlai Chicken

The other dish we selected was the “Mughlai Chicken” – Tr traditional cashew nut, almond based sauce flavoured with cardamom, cloves and bay leaf with a touch of fresh cream. This was also melt in the mouth stuff… My unsophisticated palate likened it to butter chicken but without the tomato and all the damn sugar. but, for sure, this was a milk chicken curry that was actually full of flavour.

mughlai chicken

Oh and there was a hardboiled egg in it!

We also had rice and naan (but of course!) but given my level of stuffed-ness from the entrees I had a little bit of both, not much.

The meal and service were amazing – and the British girl next to us proclaimed it to be the only real Indian food she’s had since moving to Australia. We will have to go there many times again!

The Grand Pavilion
452 The Esplanade
Warners Bay
NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0092



Om nom nom

$12.95? AMAZING

Bones Bakery
Shop 5, Waratah Shopping Village, Turton Rd, Waratah NSW 2298
Phone: (02) 49675131


newcastle mirage blog meet


moon boy Murrays beer

I love a good blog meet, talking “shop” with people who get that google analytics and referral terms are a thing that matters! A huge thank you to the Newcastle Mirage boys (did you know ZINES were still a thing???) for organising it and getting the beer from Murray’s Brewery for us gals to try!

being the little lioness

I may have kittied up, thanks to Kitten Cream and Kitten’s Playpen.

Murray's Whale Ale

angry man murrays pale ale

Mmm…. beer

common fix cold brew coffee

And COFFEE!!! Some gorgeous yums from Common Fix Cold BreW. Gorgeous team behind it and nommy coffee…. esp with VODKA!

four to the floor

Me and the peachy keen mumma!

Oh hello there Peachy Keen Mumma!!!

hello naomi bikkies

mmmm Hello, Naomi bikkies!

you're a mug mate

You’re a mug mate….


[EDITED] Happy Birthday Jeff McCloy!

by Fiona on October 12, 2014 · 0 comments

EDITED 13/10 – I was asked rather nicely to take these images (and the post, but that’s not happening) down by a member of the birthday party Jeff was with last night. Since I don’t feel like too much hassle I’ll run with it – but I think whoever posted the pics originally will realise that the photos are all on Twitter and Facebook anyways.
“I was apart of the group that celebrated Jeff McCloy’s birthday last night. The cake was an innocent joke and should never have been posted online. We would greatly appreciate it if you deleted the images and posts from your blog.” – Nice enough.

So, last night the Twitters were all a flutter with some pictures of Jeff McCloy with a birthday cake making light of the brown paper bags of cash he supposedly handed over to politicians and so forth, as came to light in ICAC earlier this year.

Photos removed, but I’m sure you can find them if you like.

Oh look, NBN posted them, and The Herald

Can I put them back in the post now?

Jeff McCloy and his cake

Jeff Moneybags McCloy's Cake

Of course he didn’t know about the cake before he had it in front of him, and it was just an unfortunate joke, but social media is unforgiving when a city has been burned.


Dudley Lamb Burger

People on the Facebooks have been RAVING about Newy Burger Co which is located inside the Crown and Anchor on Hunter Street right at the end of the Mall.

Dudley Lamb Burger

And now I know why! $10 gourmet burgers with super fresh ingredients in a casual pub atmosphere. With Gluten Free options, a kids menu and sides! – This one is the “Dudley” burger – A lamb pattie with feta cheese, homemade coleslaw and mint jelly. Simple, and delish. And went well with the James Squire apple cider they have on tap at the Crown!!

A heads up – The burger co takes cash only (and has separate registers to the pub)

Check out their menu online.

Newy Burger Co

Gotta try em all!

Newy Burger Co
Crown and Anchor Hotel
189 Hunter Street Newcastle


Inner City Winemakers, Newcastle

August 23, 2014

We used a Groupon deal (still available as of writing this) to go to Inner City Winemakers in Wickham for a (private, because there was noone else there and it was cold and miserable outside) wine tasting that came with cheese and a couple of discounted bottles to take home (and are sitting waiting for […]

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Birthday Dumplings @ Nan’s Dumpling Time, Hamilton.

July 20, 2014

OMG, so many dumplings. One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town. We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period. Pork, […]

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Wandering around with the New Kids (oh fine, Real Estate agents) in town

June 7, 2014

Hey check out those handsome fellas. You’d give them a couple million dollars for a house, right? :) How do you get the profile pic you want for the Newspaper feature to “launch” your local start-up? Apparently, you spend the afternoon wandering around the CBD of Newcastle, trying to get the right angles in front […]

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Ciderlicious – The Hop Factory, Darby Street

January 14, 2014

Even though I’m not a beer drinker, there’s plenty of yummy options at The Hop Factory for a lazy Sunday afternoon drink. Caught up with some friends on the weekend, because one is off north for her final year of uni, and got to taste this delicious Matso’s Lime and Ginger cider. A wonderful summer […]

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